Reports: UF tight ends coach leaving for Howard head coaching job

Larry Scott, the new Florida tight ends coach, talks with members of the media during an introductory news conference at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium last month. [Brad McClenny/Staff photographer]

Just when it appeared Florida football coach Dan Mullen’s staff would remain intact for a second consecutive season, there’s been a change.

 Tight ends coach Larry Scott is leaving to become the head coach at Howard University, according to multiple reports.

 Scott was part of Mullen’s first staff, coming to UF from Tennessee in 2018. At UT, he was the offensive coordinator and tight ends coach for two seasons. Before that, he spent three seasons as the tight ends coach at Miami, where he became the interim head coach for the final four games of the 2015 season.

 Whoever replaces Scott will be stepping into a pretty ideal situation. Rising junior Kyle Pitts is one of the nation’s top tight ends heading into the 2020 season. He was the Gators’ second-leading receiver this past season, catching 54 passes for 649 yards and five touchdowns.

 There are three highly rated prospects lining up behind Pitts — Kemore Gamble, Dante Lang and true sophomore Keon Zipperer.